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The Keys Belong to the Seventies

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The Seventies are called and set apart to be swift messengers to the nations of the earth having power to introduce the gospel wherever they may be sent, holding the keys of this kingdom...’’ Orson Pratt, Nauvoo Period Record, Book B, p. 31.


“What ordination should a man receive to possess all the keys and powers of the Holy Priesthood that were delivered to the sons of Adam? He should be ordained an Apostle of Jesus Christ. That office puts him in possession of every key, every power, every authority, communication, benefit, blessing, glory, and kingdom that was ever revealed to man. That pertains to the office of an Apostle of Jesus Christ....The Seventies possess the same power and authority; they hold the keys of establishing, building up, regulating, ordaining, and setting in order the kingdom of God in all its perfections upon the earth. We have a Quorum of High Priests, and there are a great many of them. They are a local body-they tarry at home...”   (Brigham Young; Journal of Discourses, 26 vols., 9:, p.88)

"He stated that the Seventies are ordained apostles, and when they go forth into the ministry they are sent with power to build up the kingdom in all the world and consequently have power to ordain High Priests and also to ordain and organize a High Council." Discourse of Brigham Young; History of Brigham Young Manuscript; Dec 14, 1845.

3 Matthias, also, who was numbered with the apostles in the place of Judas, and the one who was honored by being made a candidate with him, are like-wise said to have been deemed worthy of the same calling with the seventy (showing the correct order of succession). Eusebius circa 280 AD